Cellule de l'Institut de Veille Sanitaire en région Sud - EPIET

acknowledged by EPIET
132, boulevard de Paris
cedex 03
FR-13331 Marseille

Contact person:

Philippe Malfait

Tel. + 33 4 13 55 81 01
Fax. + 33 4 13 55 83 47

Description of the institute

The French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (Institut de veille sanitaire - InVS), a governmental institution reporting to the Ministry of Health, is responsible for surveillance and alert in all domains of public health. The InVS is responsible for the continuous monitoring of the French population’s health status, health surveillance and alert, at the national level. The missions of InVS cover all domains of public health: infectious diseases, effects of the environment on health, work-related risks and pathologies, chronic diseases and injuries, and international health and tropical diseases. The French territory comprises of 22 administrative regions. Each region is responsible for the management of the regional health system, through a Regional Health Agency (Agence régionale de santé - ARS). The InVS's Regional Units (Cire) act on behalf of the national institution at that same level.

Training site

The InVS's regional Unit-South (Cire-Sud) is located in Marseilles. It oversees two health regions in the South-East of France: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corse (Corsica). The overall area of competence of the Cire-Sud represents 5 million people, i.e. 8% of the French population. It comprises of more than 2 million permanent workers, and hosts about 20 millions of tourists annually. The Unit’s offices are located within the ARS of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Cire-Sud provides methodological and technical expertise to decentralised health authorities, at the regional and district level, and coordinates regional health surveillance. The Cire-Sud comprises 10 permanent staff members, and is involved in the following fields of activity:

  • Provision of methodological and technical assistance to the ARS including eight district health authorities in outbreak situations and occurrence of unexpected health events;
  • Coordination of national and regional surveillance systems, at the regional level, including analysis of mortality, morbidity and environmental data, interpretation and information of health personnel and decision-makers — e.g. of national systems: non specific surveillance system, surveillance of heat-related illnesses and of work-related health problems, strengthening of regional STD surveillance; e.g. of region-specific surveillance systems: Chikungunya, Dengue and West Nile viruses, health consequences of exposure to Ostreopsis ovata, acute respiratory infections and gastroenteritis among nursing homes;
  • Development of epidemiological studies at local, district or regional level;
    Organisation of, and contribution to, training sessions in Epidemiology and biostatistics.


Training opportunities

The trainee will be expected to participate in each of the following areas of activity: outbreak investigation at a local, district or regional level, analysis of surveillance data, evaluation of a surveillance system, planning and conduct of a planned study. Writing scientific reports and articles is expected. A contribution to the annual training program of district health personnel in charge of surveillance activities and outbreak management is also included. Contribution to the training in the National Course in Applied Epidemiology is an additional possibility. Collaboration to a project in environmental health surveillance and/or risk assessment is also possible.

Training supervision

General supervision is provided by Philippe Malfait, Head of the Unit, specialized in public health and epidemiology, Epiet fellow 1995. Supervision of specific projects will be provided by senior epidemiologists in the unit. Please click on link for a presentation of the different projects of Cire-Sud.

Language requirements

French and English.

Training history

Number of EPIET fellows trained at institute: Two (New site 2009)
Number of Profet (French FETP program) fellows trained at institute: Four
Number of EPIET alumni working at institute: One